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>Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (CP) has announced the appointment of Keith Creel as the company’s president and CEO effective Jan. 31. The change follows E. Hunter Harrison's decision to retire from the railroad.

>CP says Harrison is taking vacation leave effective immediately through Jan. 31. Creel will take on the CEO’s duties throughout this timeframe.


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Does this type of junction really not cause a significant amount of stress on the wheels of trams?


Jump frogs have already been proven to not cause a significant amount of damage when crossing them at low speeds. As long as a streetcar did the same, it should be okay.


>>3022 – I assume you mean the difference between flange bearing and tread bearing, which would be that in the latter, the flange is only for guidance and never carries the car’s weight.


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As I tried to explain, streetcar / tram wheel flanges are designed so that they can bear the weight of a tram. There are two different philosophies on tram wheels though, three if straight railroad wheels count. First is how European small loading gauge tramways did it. The wheel tread is rather narrow and doesn't bear the wheel but in the most gradual and gentle diamonds, so all points and diamonds where two flangeways make and X cross, they made ramps, where the tram wheen switches from tread bearing to flange bearing. The trend has been to adopt a wider wheel tread standard, I think typical narrow tread is about 85 mm and wide is 110 mm or maybe more; I think that was only the narrowest "wide wheel". This increase allows eliminating ramps in most flangeway crossings and have tread bear the wheel across.

I know flange bearing is used on some heavy railways too, for having continuous mainline track.


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Heads up to all North American railfans: Feld Entertainment, owner of the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey circuses, is ending the show after 146 seasons effective May. They're citing rising costs which is completely understandable seeing as they actually have a city on wheels to pay for. If you haven't ever seen it, NOW is the role to do so. Their show schedule is posted online to give you an idea of where you can find it. The press release is in the next post.
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Last one, and then I'll shut up. A few years ago they tried loading the train at a grade crossing in a ""small town"" not too far from the venue. Several of us waited until past midnight to get the money shot of wagons with big bright Ringling logos getting hauled up the ramp. The local police required that the train be gone by 6am, before the D.C. bedroom community began waking up to go to work, which the circus said would be fine, as they can load out and be out of town in 8 hours flat!

As it turned out, this load-out was NOT particularly smooth, and the morning rush hour was cluttered by circus wagons littering the streets, traffic held up while crews ran wagons up the ramps, and everything coming to a stop about twice an hour while a commuter train rolled through. Even worse, because the flatcars were disconnected from the coaches for over 12 hours, they had to do a brake test before leaving town, delaying the move by nearly another hour. The circus was asked to go back to loading at a nearby printing plant for next year.

I don't recall correctly, either my camera died before I got to the wagon loading after watching the elephants, or I just can't find MY pictures of it right now, so here's someone else's picture.


>Even worse, because the flatcars were disconnected from the coaches for over 12 hours, they had to do a brake test before leaving town
You always have 82 pounds on the rear, they always apply and release, and there are never any bad orders on a proper brake test.



I don't know the rules, or the extreme details of the situation, I just remember that the coaches and flatcars were separated at the crossing. They tried running an air hose in the flangeway to keep the brake lines connected, but it had a leak. Maybe the 12 hours thing was a circus-specific operating rule or something.


4 hours off air is the federal rule.

The joke is that you just don't do a braketest and say you did.



Ahh, now I see. I don't speak railroad-employee well enough to have gotten it the first time around x)

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So why wouldn't we start the first RZD thread on the new 1chan?

As usual: I provide you with stuff, you provide me with questions and topics for discussion on the subject. Something like this basically.
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So I was going to tell you about the "impossible railway", the Transpolar mainline, now known as the North Latitudinal Way project. But in fact it is a bit tricky, there is whole bunch of lines some of which are old lines which are partially in operation, some constructed just recently and some are planned. To understand the routing of existing lines better the latitudinal way is in its current state split in half with end stations on Labytnangi on the West part and Stariy Nadym on the East part.
East part is owned by Yamal railway company, a joint venture of RZD and YaNAO administration and is connected to the RZD network at Korotchaevo station. It has ~250-km branch line Noviy Urengoy - Yamburg pictured schematically here: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ru/3/3c/Transpolar_magistral_map.png
West part belongs to Sosnogorskoye division of Severnaya railway (RZD) and connected to the rest of the network via Chum station, and also has branch lines to Vorkuta and the Obskaya - Bovanenkovo - Karskaya line constructed just a few years ago and owned by Gazpromtrans. This, my friends, is the northernmost railway line in the world. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obskaya–Bovanenkovo_Line


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The plans here are big. There are many extensions and other branches but the most important and the most real in the near future is the North Latitudinal Way (or Northern Latitudinal Route) project itself. The route is Obskaya - Labytnangi - Salekhard (actually it is SalekHARD, the bridge over the Ob' river here is going to be the most nasty task) - Nadym - Noviy Urengoy - Korotchaevo. The parts from Obskaya to Labytnangi and from Korotchaevo to Nadym are in operation, as I said, and partially going to be reconstructed and other part will be constructed from scratch. This will connect Severnaya and Sverdlovskaya railways on the very north of Russia.
Also there are plans similar to idea of Stalin's age "Construction 503": to go from Korotchaevo to Igarka along the original route and eventually to Dudinka connecting the Norilsk railway to the rest of the network. So yes, >>2222 , I was kinda wrong, HOWEVER obviously these are very long-term plans because it will be a lot harder than the abovementioned and also Norilsk railway AFAIK is feeling somewhat comfortable with its easy access to river and sea routes.


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Currently these lines mostly service the oil and natural gas fields. But these resources are transported there mostly via the network of pipelines so actually the traffic here is pretty moderate. This and the weather conditions along with light profile suggest the use of diesel locomotives with big ratio of adhesive weight to (relatively low) power output so mostly there are road switcher (shunting) locomotives used primarily as mainline. But also due to this, particularly Yamal railway company is the biggest reserve of TE3 locomotives. These machines are up to 57 years old and still in good condition! There are even TE7 repurposed for freight work and named as TE3, I do not remember any other TE7s still in operation.
Also there are mostly 2TE10-family, TEM2-family and TEM7A locomotives in use.

Other photos: >>2812, >>2814, >>2832.


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Just look at this pic. I often think that with such experience it is quite possible some day we will be the first to build a railway on another planet. Because the men who constructed all this certainly can manage this.


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Some videos of this railway. They were actually kinda hard to gather, y'know.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3149oarPz4 - the bridge over Yuribey river, the longest polar bridge in the world ( >>3026), 3897 meters.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_whEc6cZTQ - TE3-3003 departs from Noviy Urengoy station.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWbZoG-ZADY - TE3-580 arrives at Korotchevo station.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScHakeRv-8M - cabride on TEP70U on Sverdlovskaya railway, this isn't Polar circle yet, but already close. But still you can see it is more mild climatic zone.

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Dreamer’s Log – 13 Jan 2017
Lucian Time: 30 Aug 2217

A huge commission by Lucia Konohana to add three new routes to allow people that does not use automobiles to travel more easily throughout the main continent and moving cargo more efficiently.

As the war between the Lucians and Chasers continue to rage over trivial matters with ambiguous demands, no one ever dreamt of a bigger threat capable of turning human, domesticated, wildlife, and supernatural alike into something more terrifying and destructive with a goal of establishing immortality and unconditional loyalty. This new emergent race her people claim to be Dormilians.

Far to the east on their atlas books, a gargoyle-like race of monsters marching across neutral territory with the intent of utilizing the power of Lilith to sway the masses into their cause. Whether this is just another large migration, or simply a mysterious group, the council under her rule will decide if they are either welcoming or unfriendly. Time rests in her biggest decision ever yet since the last siege that took place 15 years ago, a very unprovocative event that ended quickly in minutes with an inexplicable cease-fire.

No further word from Lucian commanders from the battlefield about the current state of the war, though Lucia Konohana feels very certain of victory in driving out the Chasers, but also at the same time uncomfortable with her eastern continental border, halting all travel, issuing citizens to remain indoors there, locking themselves, and covering blinds until the situation passes.


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>trivial matters with ambiguous demands


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>the situation passes


Spot on! The Lucian armies wear light blue, and the aftermath is indeed very tragic. Hundreds of thousands have died, no avail. I still have to keep an eye on the eastern front for Dormilians.

Aside from all that, maybe you should head to my 4chan's /qst/ "A Brief History of Lucia" thread under Catalog or by scrolling down. My story is very deep and vivid, but not gaining enough popularity, and I am happy to have you invited as a friendly request. You may politely decline if you do not want to.


Wow! I never realize until now my dream world is starting to have a positive following, at least to a minimum. Unfortunately, rail-related folklore on Lucia is not my main concern.

I want my dream world to come alive in real life after I worked so hard through my childhood, even though I never actually dreamed myself being there for so long. This makes me excited!

I will spread good word that my dream world is getting active, even becoming its own anime, and you should too! Have a good day. Peace out!

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2chan japan rail thread, just for fun:

go http://dat.2chan.net/r/futaba.htm
bring something back, bonus points for translating.
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I believe this is the steam engine behind the electric locomotive, look at the position of the steam cloud.


>>2871 – If I retranslated Giggle Translate’s utterings correctly, the EF58s did have oil-fired steam generators for heating. ETH was a late addition, and only some units got ETH equipment. #61 is not one of these, according to jp.wikipedia.

ION, #61 is mostly retired now. Cracks were found in the frame, and repairs were considered uneconomical. One can probably still spot it running light, but its hauling days are over.


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As you can tell, the GE999 project is a bit more than vapourware.


Face, meet palm. Palm, face.


Just a reminder to everyone, please keep all of your images SFW. Just because it's not sexual doesn't mean it's SFW.

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Our version of horror stories, Bailey YD, there's other nightmare yards out there too. Strauss YD in Santa Teresa NM, Hialeah YD in Miami. Just to name a few. For as big as Bailey is it's really not a bad ride. Here's some riders talking about their experiences, including me.
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Regarding the image, it would have been simpler and more appropriate to put "Amtrak" instead of listing a bunch of freight carriers, but that's none of my business.


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Suddenly realises this is a hobo thread and you're talking about riding for free.


Lol. That's a great pic. :^)

Is that a flexible panel?


I wish, I got it during the REI annual garage sale and didn't realize it wasn't til I was out of state. My friend has one he got from a Cabelas that I'm going to try and trade for.


Thanks Dirty. Just to make it clear, I'm not planning to do any railhopping, but I may have a real summer holiday for the first time in my life and I'm seriously considering a hike.

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what does /rail/ think of crazy train by ozzy osbourne


OK, but I much prefer Saxon’s “Princess Of The Night”.


I like Black Sabbath but that song kinda annoys me. If you like that kind of music tho…..I know of a few pop punk bands and folk punk bands that have train songs. Pop punk, Rivethead has the song 48 Doublestack, Dear Landlord has the song Goodbye Oakland that's about riding from Oakland to Portland. For folk punk Rail Yard Ghosts has a bunch of songs about trains and train hopping. Profane Sass does too, but the singer of Profane Sass actually died in a train related accident, he fell off and was crushed, he had been drinking. So you won't hear any new music from them. Tim Barry who used to sing in Avail (you may remember their song Simple Song from Tony Hawks Pro Skater), he's solo now and hops trains. Lots of songs on the subject by him. There's not much on the electric music spectrum since you can't really be a hobo with electric instruments.


I'm a Sabbath/Ozzie fan, it's not my favourite song of his but I do like it. It was popular in jr.high when I first heard it.


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ah prefer Little Feat's "Red Streamliner"

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Things have changed, a bit
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/rail/ confessions thread - share your dirty secrets.

In 20 years of being alive, today is the first time I've been on a diesel loco hauled train.
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What are these codes you keep putting in the bottom of your posts?


Essex CT?


That doesn't tell me anything. What are we supposed to be doing with those codes?




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